How Much of Someone’s Social Security Benefit is Taxed?

First, individual taxpayers or taxpaying married couples must add up their “modified adjusted gross income.” This is their taxable income, plus their tax-exempt income, plus half of their Social Security benefits. If this figure exceeds certain income levels, a portion of Social Security benefits is taxed.

Next, a worksheet is completed to determine the amount of Social Security benefits that is taxable. This worksheet can be found in the annual instructions package for tax forms available online in the “Forms …

How Long Do You Need to Work to Receive Social Security Retirement Benefits?

To qualify for Social Security retirement benefits, you must generally have “40 quarters of coverage.” This means that you must have been working for 10 years and earning at least the minimum income (adjusted annually for inflation) required to receive a quarter of coverage.

For example, in 2017, you can receive one quarter of coverage for each $1,300 of earnings, up to the maximum of four quarters of credit per year. Thus, the maximum amount of income needed to earn …

How many years of work are Social Security benefits based on?

Social Security benefits are based on average income over your 35 highest-earning years. If you have more than 35 years of earnings, the lowest earning years of your work history are dropped. If you have fewer than 35 years of earnings, years with zero earnings are averaged in to the calculation.

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What is the full retirement age for baby boomers and those who follow them?

Full retirement age is the age that someone must attain to receive a full (unreduced) Social Security benefit. Full retirement age used to be age 65 but has been gradually increasing in recent years and depends on the year that a person was born. Baby boomers were born from 1946 to 1964.

Therefore, their full retirement age is as follows:

Year of Birth / Full Retirement Age

  • 1943 to 1954: Age 66
  • 1955: Age 66 and 2 months
  • 1956: Age